Tramaine & Friends 2017

Posted on Aug 16, 2017

Tramaine and Friends

Sunday August 20th
5:00 p. m.
Sherman United Methodist Church
2214 Ridge Ave. Evanston, Illinois 60201

Showcasing the talents of Tramaine Parker, Allie Bradford, Anthony Fett, Austin Echols, Brandon Lampkin, Lauren Robinson, Raven Taylor, Stephanie Schroder, Terry Henderson, Timothy Fett

The talented singers are formed from alumni of the world renown, Chicago Children’s Choir, the Grammy-nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Fisk University Choir, and voices from the choir of Sherman United Methodist Church.

Last year’s concert had the audience clapping, praising and rejoicing. This year’s repetroire promises to be another spiritual, soul stirring musical experience. There will be a freewill offering. The funds raised  will go towards our church’s support for several ministries including eleven (11)  Historically Black Colleges and the Africa University Fund that educates students from 21 African countries.

Tramaine S. Parker has been a member of Sherman United Methodist Church and the choir since 2004. She is the youngest of 4 children born to Mildred H. Thomas-Parker and Aaron Parker Sr. She graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in Psychology and Roosevelt University with a M.A. in Clinical Professional Psychology. Tramaine began singing at the age of 4 in the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist church choir. She joined the Chicago Children’s Choir where she began singing and traveling throughout the United States and internationally. While attending Lincoln Park Highschool, she sang in the advanced girl’s chorus, advanced mixed chorus and Lincoln Park Singers. Tramaine also won honor superior ratings in the city and state solo competitions. Tramaine is a former member of the Grammy-nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers and tours with Fisk University Choir. Tramaine serves God by using her gift of song throughout the Chicagoland area.


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Justice Weekend 2017: May 20-21

Posted on Apr 14, 2017

As Sherman celebrates its 95th year of service in Evanston, the women of Sherman continue to do what the Lord requires: be advocates for justice to those who are disenfranchised and marginalized in our local community, our nation and our world. This year we are focused on two issues: 1) Our Evanston Youth and efforts to break the pipeline to prison cycle in our local community. And 2) Our Immigrant Population.

The theme of this year’s celebration is: “United Methodist Women: Seekers of Justice for All”. The biblical texts that we are using come from:

  • Micah: 6: 8: “…And what does the Lord require of you: But to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?”
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Execute true Justice; Show Mercy and Compassion, Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.”
  • Isaiah 61:8: “For I the Lord, love Justice I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant.”

Patrick Keenan-Devlin Stone Terrace Headshot

On Saturday morning May 20th, Sherman will host a Symposium with discussions led by: 1) Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy of Evanston, focusing on achieving justice in our schools and the courts for disadvantaged Evanston youth. followed by,

Seth Green of Y.O.U.

2) a discussion led by Seth Green Executive Director, Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) on our youth and employment and opportunities facing our youth; Y.O.U.; and how we in the community can help.Karen Chavers Shorefront photo

Mr. Green will be interviewed by Ms. Karen Chavers, the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13th District.

After a break we will have a session on immigration led by Mr. Luis Huerta-Silva with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). View that post here.

The Symposium, held at Sherman in Winfield Hall will start at 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 1:00 P.M. Refreshments will be provided.

Helen Roberts-Evans of UMW and UMCOR

The Women’s Day Service on Sunday, May 21st will be the culmination of Women’s Day Weekend at Sherman as we examine justice in our communities and how we can effect change. We welcome long-time Sherman member and UM Missionary to Liberia Helen Roberts-Evans, who will speak at services from 3pm to 5pm with a reception following.

Justice Weekend 2017 is sponsored by:820 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201


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Pastoral Transitions – Retirement and Welcome

Posted on Apr 22, 2016

March 25th, Rev. Dr. Gessel berry, Jr. celebrated his 72nd birthday. As is mandated in the UM BoD, Pastor Berry will retire this year on July 1st.
Rev Dr G Berry JrTo celebrate Sherman UMC is hosting a retirement celebration June 11th at Evanston’s Hilton Garden Inn from 1pm to 4pm. All are invited to attend ($75 per person). Please call SUMC for more information.

On June 12th Sherman UMC will celebrate the 12 years of Pastor Berry’s ministry from our pulpit with a special retirement celebration during Sunday service.

July 3rd we will welcome Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan to the pastoral post on the first Sunday of the new conference cycle.

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Shining Star VBS Recap

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Sherman UMC had an awesome Vacation Bible School 2015!

SUMC’s 2015 Vacation Bible School – Shining Star – wrapped up with a special presentation on Sunday morning June 28. We talked about the lessons we had learned throughout the week and sang and danced to two special songs. One of those songs – “We Are Shining Stars” – was an SUMC original composition written with the help of our younger elementary age class. Current news and events played an important part of the faith discussions of the older grade classes. Together we learned much about what living out our faith means in today’s world.

Below is a list of the week’s themes and foci.

Shining Star

Monday – Session 1 – Hearing God’s Call
Memory Verse – “Samuel said, ‘Speak. Your servant is listening.’ ” (1 Samuel 3:10b)
Sparkle Speech – When God speaks, I listen!

Tuesday – Session 2 – Keeping on God’s Path
Memory Verse – “Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey.” (Psalm 119:105)
Sparkle Speech – God’s word lights my way each and every day!
Word – STUDY

Wednesday – Session 3 – Jairus’ Daughter Gets Up
Memory Verse – “Child, get up!” (Luke 8:54b)
Sparkle Speech – I’ve got get-up-and-go because Jesus loves me so!
Word – GET UP

Thursday – Session 4 – Living as Children of God
Memory Verse – “Live your life with love, following the example of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:2a)
Sparkle Speech – Together we can live, ’cause like Jesus, we’ll forgive!

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